December 13 2017  |  People

Mercury Awards kick off SIAL week in Abu Dhabi

By Rick Lundstrom

Winners and organizers gather for a picture at the close of this year's Mercury Awards

ABU DHABI, UAE – More than 130 people from around the world gathered on the beach in mild weather at the Shangri-La Hotel Tuesday evening to honor winners in the 36th edition of the Mercury Awards for cabin products, food and beverage and equipment innovation.

A gentle breeze blew in from the water during the evening-long awards presentation and banquet, hosted by Jeremy Clark of JC Consulting and aided in the presentations by a number of well-known industry representatives. The Mercurys were held the opening day of the SIAL Middle East event held which will run through Thursday at the Abu Dahbi National Exhibition Centre. SIAL took over the Awards in 2011 following from the former International Travel Catering Association.

In addition to the Mercury Awards PAX International honored Oman Air for its comprehensive program to include local companies in the bidding process for airline supliers with the magazine’s second Pay It Forward Award.

The awards were presented after a long previous day of judging by a panel of industry figures, chefs and authors. Taking part this year were; Jeremy Clark, JC Consulting; Kerrthi “Happy” Hapugasdeniya Founder and CEO of APOT.Asia and Managing Director of happyK Solutions; Merko Brenzinger, Senior Manager Catering Commercial Planning at Etihad Airways; Pam Suder-Smith, Director of Sales at gategroup; Simon Heppner Founder and Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association; Werner Kimmeringer, Managing Director for Global Catering Services and Logistics; Mark Tazzioli, Menu Design Manager, British Airways; and George Banks Author of Gourmet & Glamour in the Sky.

Winners of this year’s Mercury Awards by category:


Ginger Green Tea from Al Rabia Al Diam Food & Beverage Trading

Service Concept Economy Class

Cloud Dine Meals from En Route International

Food Product Savory

Taco Slider from The Bake Factory

Food Products Sweet

GTZ Certified Chocolates and Desserts from Lily O’Brien’s

Equipment – Production

Buy on Board Revenue Protection by ITW Envopak

Equipment – Passenger

Alessi Tableware for Delta Air Line from Buzz Products

Food Product – Snack

Mumbai Vegetable Street Food by StrEats

Airline Meal Premium

Seasons West Australia by Perth Airline Catering


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